Build Apps in Isomorphic Ecosystem of MeteorJS
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#Meteor is real time
Meteor has real time built into its core so it handles all the components in such a way that if you update something in your database, the resultant change will be visible to all the connected users. It has integrated live browser reloading. It has a reactive front-end. With the change in front-end, all elements on the client application are automatically updated across the application surface, across all simultaneous users. In simple words, it incorporates push technologies that enable real-time updates from server to client.
It has full stack reactivity. From data base to template all the layers update automatically with new inputs. Meteor was designed to support transparent reactive programming. It has several types of reactive data sources such as:
- Session object
- Reactive variables
#Meteor is full stack
#Meteor is easy
#Meteor is Flexible
Even though Meteor comes with its recommended stack, it is flexible enough to accept other technologies. Meteor does a big chunk of homework for the developers. They don’t need to have understanding of other solutions. It enables communication between the database and the app — the client side and the server side. No need to configure it all. Meteor ensures all the dependencies work together smoothly. It has built in packages to handle frameworks like Backbone.js, Bootstrap and jQuery.
#To Client Or To Server ?
Meteor blurs the line between client and server. Client and server share the same language and can share the same code. Templates, template related code, browser-related code, user-specific code, style sheets run on the client. Collections code and collection-related code e.g. helpers, validation code run on both client and server sides. Publication or any operation that involves handling sensitive data like email addresses or API keys will be best handled by the server. Server also handles time-sensitive operations. If confused always check this document.
#Hot Code Push
Meteor has the capability to enable you to go for Hot Code pushes. This feature is available to only iOS and Android apps. After your meteor app has been installed by users and you want to update the app, you can do so by using the hot code push feature from your server and each installed app will download the new pushed code and store it internally on the device. The next time the app is run, it runs on new code. Meteor thus can update the apps very discreetly without interfering with the experience of the users.
#Technologies used by Meteor
#Meteor Package Management
Meteor uses different types of packages. Meteor core has meteor packages. These packages are included into every app. They are known as isopacks — the isomorphic packages that work both on client and server. There are first-party packages like accounts-ui which are maintained by core team of Meteor, and they come bundled with Meteor. There are third-party isopacks developed by other users which they upload to Meteor’s package server. They are available on Atmosphere with the Meteor search command. You can develop custom packages and keep them in packages directory. And then there are NPM (Node.js Packaged Modules) –these can be used with other packages.
Meteor’s isobuild brings it all together. It combines right bits of code for each target, using right build pipeline which involves transpiling, minifying, determining load order, resolving imports and exports and more. Meteor has built-in packages to handle pre-processing and custom user authentication for Google, Facebook, Twitter, Email etc.
#Meteor — The Rock Star
Meteor has a thriving community. You can show your support to Meteor on GithHub. Meteor has a presence on twitter, Facebook, reddit and Google+ . You can also visit the meteor forum to discuss issues. You can hobnob with others from Meteor Community at Stack Overflow. Whenever you need help or are stuck with an issue, the friendly Meteor community is there, on different channels with solutions to see you through.
Want to know more about MeteorJS? List of resources here would be very helpful to you. All the best. Happy Meteoring!
Originally published at www.openxcell.com on April 19, 2016.